A Social-Ecological Approach to Cyberbullying

Michelle F. Wright (Editor)
Masaryk University, Institute for Research on Children, Youth, and Family, Brno, the Czech Republic

Series: Bullying and Victimization
BISAC: FAM049000




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Cyberbullying is a growing concern and a negative consequence associated with children’s and adolescents’ increasing accessibility to the internet and digital technologies. Children and adolescents are accessing the internet and these technologies at younger and younger ages, leaving some of them vulnerable to cyberbullying. As a new phenomenon, cyberbullying might be best understood as a complex process resulting from the interplay among the individual and multiple environments.

To this end, this groundbreaking book provides a new framework for understanding cyberbullying perpetration and victimization. Utilizing the social-ecological perspective to describe how personal factors and multiple environments contribute to cyberbullying, the book compiles research on these topics from international researchers in developmental psychology, social psychology, counseling, school psychology, social work, criminology, law, and clinical psychology.

Providing critical information about individual and contextual predictors of cyberbullying, the authors provide new practices and policies for addressing these behaviors. Key topics include:
• Cyberbullying and cyber aggression
• Theoretical considerations
• Definition and measurement of cyberbullying
• The role of individual-level variables in cyberbullying perpetration and victimization
• Parental involvement in children’s cyberbullying
• Schools’ and peers’ roles in cyberbullying
• Cultural context for understanding cyberbullying
• The impact of cyberbullying on mental health
• The roles of victim, bully, bully-victim, and bystanders in cyberbullying
• Policies, procedures, and recommendations for addressing cyberbullying
This book is an essential read for researchers, educators, and policy-makers who are concerned with the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children and adolescents. In addition, the book will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the factors that make children and adolescents vulnerable to cyberbullying perpetration and victimization.
(Imprint: Nova)

pp. ix-xi

Chapter 1
A Social-Ecological Approach to Understanding Cyberbullying Involvement
(Michelle F. Wright, Faculty of Social Studies, Department of Psychology, Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family, Masaryk University, Brno, the Czech Republic)
pp. 1-12

Chapter 2
Past, Present, and Future Theoretical Developments in Predicting Cyberbullying Behavior
(Christopher P. Barlett, Gettysburg College, Department of Psychology, Gettysburg, PA, USA)
pp. 13-28

Chapter 3
Measuring Cyberbullying: Towards an Integrative Approach to Assessment
(Julia Fluck, University Koblenz-Landau, Centre for Educational Research (zepf), Bürgerstraße, Landau, Germany)
pp. 29-48

Chapter 4
Adolescents’ Perceptions of Suffered and Committed Cyber-Aggressive Behavior
(Isabel Cuadrado-Gordillo & Inmaculada Fernández-Antelo, University of Extremadura, Faculty of Education, Avd Elvas s/n, Badajoz, Spain)
pp. 49-66

Chapter 5
Examination of Cyberbullying Experiences among Students from Different Age Groups
(Sevda Arslan & Ayşegül Selcen Güler, Düzce University School of Health, Konuralp Yerleşkesi, Düzce, Turkey, and others)
pp. 67-76

Chapter 6
Gender Differences in Cyber Bullying Perpetration: The Role of Moral Disengagement and Aggression
(Özgür Erdur-Baker, İbrahim Tanrıkulu, & Çiğdem Topcu, Middle East Technical University, Universiteler Mah.,Dumlupinar Bulvari No: 1, Cankaya, Ankara, Turkey, and others)
pp. 77-96

Chapter 7
Gender Differences in Peer-Pressured Sexting
(Elizabeth Englander & Meghan McCoy, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Bridgewater State University, MA, USA)
pp. 97-104

Chapter 8
The Role of Emotional Processes in (Cyber)bullying
(Enrica Ciucci & Andrea Baroncelli, Department of Education and Psychology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy)
pp. 105-120

Chapter 9
Who is Who in Cyberbullying? Conceptual and Empirical Perspectives on Bystanders in Cyberbullying
(Jan Pfetsch, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany)
pp. 121-150

Chapter 10
The Adolescent-Parent Context and Positive Youth Development in the Ecology of Cyberbullying
(Lawrence B. Schiamberg, Gia Barboza, Grace Chee, & Meng Chuan Hsieh, Michigan State University, Human Development and Family Studies, East Lansing, MI, USA, and others)
pp. 151-180

Chapter 11
Social-Ecological Perspective: Power of Peer Relations in Determining Cyber-Bystander Behavior
(Deborah Price & Deborah Green, University of South Australia, School of Education, Australia)
pp. 181-196

Chapter 12
English Teachers and Cyberbullying: A Qualitative Exploration of the Stakeholders’ Perceptions and Experience of the Phenomenon
(Magdalena Marczak & Iain Coyne, Centre for Sustainable Working Life, Birkbeck University of London, UK, and others)
pp. 197-224

Chapter 13
Exposure to Antisocial and Risk Behavior Media Content Stimulates Cyberbullying Behavior: The Cyclic Process Model
(Anouk den Hamer & Elly Konijn, Department of Communication Science, VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
pp. 225-242

Chapter 14
Cyberbullying: The Need to Extend the Concept Beyond Peer Aggression
(Jacek Pyżalski, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland)
pp. 243-252

Chapter 15
Does Culture Matter? Cyberbullying Perpetration and Cybervictimization in the Mediterranean Sea Region
(Fatih Bayraktar, Psychology Department, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus)
pp. 253-268

Chapter 16
Risks Factors in Cyberbullying: The Moderating Role of Culture
(Natalie Wong, Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China)
pp. 269-294

Chapter 17
Cyberbullying in Europe: A Review of Evidence from Cross-National Data
(Anke Görzig & Hana Machackova, University of West London, School of Psychology, Social Work and Human Sciences, Brentford, UK, and others)
pp. 295-326

Chapter 18
The Role of Ethnicity and Culture in Cyberbullying Experiences among Youth
(Guadalupe Espinoza & Jaana Juvonen, Department of Child and Adolescent Studies, California State University, Fullerton, CA, USA)
pp. 327-338

Chapter 19
Approaches to Reducing Cyberbullying: Change the Bully, Change the Bystander, or Change the Victim?
(Ashley N. Doane, Matthew R. Pearson, & Michelle L. Kelley, Chowan University, Murfreesboro, NC, USA, and others)
pp. 339-356

Chapter 20
Cyberbullying Requires More Than a Virtual Response: Suggestions for Prevention
(V. Skye Wingate & Jessica A. Minney, University of California, Davis, Department of Communication, CA, USA, and others)
pp. 357-378

Chapter 21
In Search of a Simple Method: Is a Human Face an Effective, Automatic Filter Inhibiting Cyberbullying?
(Anna Szuster, Julia Barlińska, & Magdalena Kozubal, Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Stawki, Warsaw, Poland)
pp. 379-402

Chapter 22
An Analysis of Cyberbullying Victimization Cases Studies in the Context of the Social-Ecological Theory
(William S. Pendergrass & Michelle F. Wright, American Public University, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Charles Town, WV, USA, and others)
pp. 403-414

Chapter 23
Concluding Remarks on the Social-Ecological Approach to Understanding Cyberbullying
(Michelle F. Wright, Faculty of Social Studies, Department of Psychology, Institute for Research on Children, Youth and Family, Masaryk University, Brno, the Czech Republic)
pp. 415-418

pp. 419-428

pp. 429-431

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